In Africa, dreams of reaching Europe remain strong even after boat fatalities, jihadi threat

April 23, 2015 3:19 PM

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NIAKHAR, Senegal – Some sea voyages took Senegalese fisherman Samba Ngom away for up to three weeks at a time, but eventually he began dreaming of going further, to a place where he could make more money in a month than most compatriots make in a year.

He and his brother Diam, who was also involved in the fishing industry, set off in separate overloaded wooden boats bound for Spain. On the seventh day, Samba arrived in Spain. On the 10th day, the phone rang: Diam was dead.

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